Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: Main Events & Concert

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: Mai

After a day of prep at Square Enix's first Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival, Kanashimi was ready to tackle Saturday & Sunday head-on. If you're curious about the autograph signing ...
Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Review: Reception

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Revi

Square Enix announced four months ago that they would be holding a Fan Festival in several locations for their two million users. Among the locations was Las Vegas, NV with ...
Anime Weekend Atlanta Gallery

Anime Weekend Atlanta Gallery

Siege rolled through Anime Weekend Atlanta like a katamari and collected some pictures on the way! Granted, it's really hard to take pictures while you're controlling a katamari...
Simulblast! Week 002 of Fall 2014

Simulblast! Week 002 of Fall 2014

Wrap this whole article in spoiler tags, because we're skipping to the end of our episodes in this week's Simulblast? Who will be spoiled, and who will do the spoiling!?
Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Gallery

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Gall

Warriors of Light unite! Kanashimi completed the quest of attending Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2014! Not only was the experience amazing, but the cosplay was killer.
Siege Spots – Anime Weekend Atlanta (Or “Content Is Important”)

Siege Spots – Anime Weekend A

There was something about walking into the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, AWA's host hotel, and seeing the hotel staff wearing anime wigs and huge smiles. They've been hosting this event ...
The Wandering Witch – A Quieter Life

The Wandering Witch – A Quiet

Welcome, all, again. I find myself at something of an awkward time for writing this column: the shows which I've been watching have mostly ...
Kayarath’s Adventures in Z

Kayarath’s Adventures in Z

Let me tell you about a man named Zed.
Musikal Makinations – Marina’s Hug Single Review

Musikal Makinations – Marina&

Musikal Makinations returns from a long hiatus, or, as I would like to call it: A long strange road-trip filled with music, knee and ankle sprains, etc! But enough about ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Todd Haberkorn

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We recently got a chance to catch up with Todd Haberkorn! Is he singing high-notes in Ever After High or being dastardly in the new dub of Sailor Moon? ...
The Uzi Import Report: Hamatora

The Uzi Import Report: Hamatora

It's that time again for another addition to the Uzi Import Report! Always had an interests in mutants? Does Spiderman pique your interest, or does X-Men fit more of your ...
Name Not Final – September 13th (Smashing Apples)

Name Not Final – September 13

Are the trio at another convention? No? Maybe? Where in the world are the guy's from Name Not Final?!
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Erik Kimerer

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We talked with up and coming voice actor Erik Kimerer! Erik has been nailing big roles in hot new shows like Accel World, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and the ...
Kana’s Korner – Interview with Ralph Lister

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We sat down for a nice cup of tea and a chat with Ralph Lister, the voice of Walter in Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate! Listen in to hear all about ...

Tempest’s Review of AnimeNEXT 2014

Posted on Jun 15 2014
Tempest’s Review of AnimeNEXT 2014
This was my first convention where I ever had down-time. Typically, the minute I receive the schedule, I cover it in highlighter marks for all the panels I intend to attend — often multiple during the same block of time. Then, it’s a race to see how I can possibly be in three places at once, or a competition to see which panel is the most important for me to attend.

AnimeNEXT 2014 — Tempest’s Interview with Rookiez is Punk’d

Posted on Jun 11 2014
AnimeNEXT 2014 — Tempest’s Interview with Rookiez is Punk’d
At AnimeNEXT we conducted a round-table style interview which included Dani from all-fiction.net, Melissa from jrockrevolution.com, and me (Tempest) asking questions of three of the members of Rookiez is Punk’d: 2Rash, Shinnosuke and U. Takumi chose to stay out of the limelight and took pictures instead.

Tempest’s Downpour — What I Learned From Madoka Magica

Posted on Jul 21 2013
Tempest’s Downpour — What I Learned From Madoka Magica
Warning: the following contains all the spoilers for Puella Magi Madoka Magica. If you haven’t finished the series, what are you waiting for? It isn’t long. You can view it for free, legally, on Crunchyroll. Do it.

Tempest’s Con Survival Guide — Packing A Cosplay

Posted on Feb 17 2013
Tempest’s Con Survival Guide — Packing A Cosplay
Cosplayers set new goals after each convention, sometimes seven times in a year. The greatest challenge: actually getting the costume to a convention in one piece.

Tempest’s Downpour – How Lego Batman 2 Beat Me

Posted on Jan 20 2013
Tempest’s Downpour – How Lego Batman 2 Beat Me
Busting out my new PS3 with its bundled games to ring in the new year, I had certain expectations. I expected that Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 would be dull compared to the books, that Little Big Planet Karting would make a fantastic new coaster and that Lego Batman 2 would be everything I hate about Batman: the Brave and the Bold, with easy controls and utter mindlessness.

Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 13: Like, Love, And What Love’s Like In Japan

Posted on Dec 16 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Anime In-Jokes 13: Like, Love, And What Love’s Like In Japan
I explained in the last Anime In-Jokes that Christmas is a time for couples to celebrate in Japan. Lovers trade gifts and gather around the traditional bucket of KFC to enjoy this romantic holiday.

Tempest’s Downpour – Interview With Paul St. Peter

Posted on Nov 18 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Interview With Paul St. Peter
Tempest had the pleasure of interviewing Paul St. Peter during AnimeUSA. Some of you may remember him from your childhood as the voices of Wormmon and Leomon. Some more experienced otaku know him as Zor Prime from Robotech. Others of you know him as Xemnas from Kingdom Hearts and Nine-Tail Fox from Naruto.

Tempest’s Downpour – Pokemon Black & Blue Review

Posted on Oct 21 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Pokemon Black & Blue Review
In response to the recent release of Pokemon Black/White 2, PETA released its own anti-Pokemon game: Pokemon Black and Blue. The trouble is, it’s incredibly fun to play.

Tempest’s Downpour – The Anime Girl

Posted on Oct 07 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – The Anime Girl
A truly unusual person has been getting a lot of newsworthy attention lately. Anastasiya Shpagina, known as the “anime girl,” has twined the threshold between reality and fantasy in a beautiful and unsettling way. Using makeup, she crafts her face to look like her beloved anime characters.

Tempest’s Downpour – Persona 3 & 4 Spinoffs

Posted on Sep 02 2012
Tempest’s Downpour – Persona 3 & 4 Spinoffs
Atlus’ hugely popular Persona games have erupted in related spinoffs: sequels, remakes, an anime and now a fighting game. Let’s take a look at the series that has changed the world of RPGs forever.